Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.

Recent Stories

Carbonic Gas Sprays


In the 1930s, a number of French beauty salons began introducing carbonated water sprays into their facial treatments.

Helena Rubinstein


In 1902, Helena Rubinstein went from working as a waitress to operating her own beauty salon, a remarkable transformation.

Clay Masks


Clay masks have gone in and out of favour over the years following an initial craze in the 1920s.

Hand Balms, Creams & Lotions


Hands are one of the most exposed parts of the body, subject to environmental insults such as sun, temperature extremes and industrial chemicals.

Princess Pat


In 1907, Max Martin Gordon and Fannie Berezniak got married and started a cosmetic company based in Chicago.

Compressed Air Massage


In the late 1950s, the Paris pneumatic system helped Jacques Courtin (Clarins) develop a new beauty treatment.



Developed by Dr. Abraham D. Murphey and marketed by his daughter Edna Murphey the antiperspirant was originally called Odor-o-no but changed its name to Odo-ro-no in 1914.

Deodorants & Antiperspirants


Products developed to control underarm wetness and odour are some of the most widely used items produced by beauty industry and generate huge sales volumes today.

New Booklets

Rubinstein: Secrets of Beauty (c.1924)

Added: 3rd October 2017

Yardley: Beauty by Yardley (1962)

Added: 3rd October 2017

Story Updates

Lipsticks [Major]

Updated: 28th September 2017

Lehn & Fink

Updated: 28th September 2017

Pompeian Manufacturing Company

Updated: 20th September 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 20th September 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 20th September 2017


Updated: 4th September 2017

X-rays and Hair Removal

Updated: 16th August 2017

Thermolysis and the Blend [Major]

Updated:16th August 2017

Panchromatic Make-up

Updated: 8th August 2017


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